Swedish Electric Car Developer Looking to Manufacture in Israel
Lewis Horne, CEO of Swedish Electric car company Uniti, is looking is scouting Israeli business partners
Lewis Horne, CEO of Swedish electric car company Uniti Sweden AB, is looking to establish a vehicle manufacturing facility in Israel. Speaking to Calcalist earlier this week, Horne said he is seeking local business partners interested in setting up such an operation and to later market Uniti vehicles in the region.
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Lewis Horne. Photo: Karl-Fredrik von Hausswolff
“We work differently (than other electric car developers), emphasizing efficiency, sustainability, and simplicity,” Horne said, adding that Uniti is looking to win over car sharing companies, and not private vehicle owners, as its biggest market sector. Another model Uniti is testing is for the company to own the batteries, making car ownership much cheaper.
Horne said that Uniti does not want to control the manufacturing of its cars, instead saying that the company will be happy to share the knowledge with entrepreneurs who will establish localized manufacturing facilities.
Horne, who is in Israel this week as a guest of the SAE Connected and Automated Vehicle conference in Tel Aviv, said he sees local companies as global leaders in machine vision and vehicle cybersecurity.